If you are facing a final order of removal, or have lost your case in Immigration Court, it is possible to appeal the court’s decision to stop your removal from the United States. The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) is the body that handles these issues. It is important to note that an appeal must be filed to the BIA within 30 days of the Immigration Judge’s decision.
There are several things to consider when deciding on whether or not to appeal the judge's decision:
- You will most likely spend several months in detention if you are unable to pay your bond.
- You may want to consider how strong of a case you have.
- You may want to think about whether or not you suffered any unfair treatment during your hearing that led to your denial.
It is best to consider these things before your hearing so that you are prepared to answer yes to the judge when asked if you wish to appeal. There is no downside to RESERVING an appeal as you are not bound to it, you are just giving yourself time to consider your options. During the 30 days, you may contact a lawyer to investigate and assess your chances for appeal.